Cosh reflects on timeout

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Ralph Friedgentalked plenty – on Thursday, Sunday and again Tuesday – about the timeout call late in the first half at Virginia Tech.

For those who don’t remember, the Hokies were slapped with a five-yard penalty to go from third-and-13 to third-and-18. But the Terps then called a timeout, and Virginia Tech converted the daunting third down against a soft scheme moments later.

TV cameras caught Friedgen looking not so happy, with defensive coordinator Chris Cosh receiving the brunt of some of his frustration. And since it was the defense’s timeout, it seemed fair to ask Cosh what exactly happened after the penalty.

“That changes the situation and the run/pass ratio,” Cosh said. “It’s third and 18, so we wanted to switch our call. They came right back on the line. We didn’t think everybody had their eyes on the call. That was the frustrating part, because we didn’t want to waste a timeout.”

You can get away sometimes if one guy doesn’t know what’s going on, and less often if two don’t. So at some point, there is a risk function involved – assuming you know how much confusion there is.

The thing is, it’s tough to say how much that actually existed.

“I don’t know – enough you wanted [to be sure],” Cosh said. “They came off [saying] “We got it,’ but you didn’t have that feel where you were definite. It’s better to be cautious there.”

Patrick Stevens

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